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SUSAN P. HOWE, 63 RIDGELAND, WIS. - Susan P. Howe, of Ridgeland, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, surrounded by her family. Susan was born May 29, 1949, in Stillwater, Minn., to Lester and Phyllis (Schroeder) Rydeen. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in Stillwater. As a young girl, she enjoyed 4H projects, including showing cattle. She attended Ancker School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minn., and started her career as a pediatric nurse at St. Paul Ramsey. Susan married Dr. Charles Howe on May 26, 1973. She worked as an RN at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm, Wis., for 24 years, and also worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's veterinary practice. Her hobbies and interests included making quilts, traveling to 46 of the 50 states, crocheting, gardening, watching Twins and Vikings games, tailgating at Iowa State football games, watching her kids play sports and spending time with her grandkids. She was a member of the Ridgeland Lutheran Church, also belonging to the Twilight Circle and ELCA. She was a Sunday school teacher and superintendant, and a 4H leader. Survivors include husband, Dr. Charles; son, Tim (fiancée Nicci Paulson) Howe of Ridgeland; daughters, Sara (Brian) Gracek of Apple Valley, Minn., Lynnae Howe of North Branch, Minn., and Greta (Chuck) Kahl of Ridgeland; grandchildren, Lauren and Taylor Kahl, and Raymond Gracek; mother, Phyllis of Marine On St. Croix, Minn.; brothers, Gary and Brian Rydeen, both of Marine On St. Croix; sisters, Judy Edstrom of Ridgeland and Sandra (Jim) Holcomb of Marine On St. Croix; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Gene Ashley of Gainesville, Fla., and Malcolm Martin of Rockford, Ill.; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. She is predeceased by father, Lester. A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Ridgeland Community Center in Ridgeland with Pastor David Sands officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Memorials are preferred to Ridgeland Lutheran Church, 216 Scranton St., Ridgeland, WI 54763. Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, WI is serving the family. Condolences may be left at cremationsociety-wi.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2013
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